Zoe Saldana, 'Guardians of the Galaxy’ star, discusses the unusual new movie

Zoe Saldana, Chris Pratt, and Bradley Cooper star in 'Guardians of the Galaxy,' Marvel's newest comic book movie adaptation. Zoe Saldana recently starred in 'Out of the Furnace.'

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Zoe Saldana stars in 'Guardians of the Galaxy.'

The superhero team in “Guardians of the Galaxy” will be a little different than the characters audiences are used to seeing in comic book adaptations. 

The movie stars “Parks and Recreation” actor Chris Pratt as the human Peter Quill, or Star-Lord; Zoe Saldana of “Star Trek Into Darkness” as Gamora, a green female alien; wrestler Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer, who has superhuman strength, among other powers; “The Hangover” actor Bradley Cooper as Rocket, a talking raccoon; and Vin Diesel as the voice of Groot, a creature who resembles a tree. 

For “Guardians,” which is Marvel’s newest film, director James Gunn told a group of journalists how it was important to not get lost in the unusual characters and space locale.

“We’re making something that’s so outlandish and out there with so many crazy situations and characters and settings that to sort of keep it anchored in the drama and the reality of these characters’ emotional lives is the most important thing in the film,” he said, according to Collider.

Meanwhile, Saldana addressed the fact that “Guardians” is another high-profile science fiction film for her.

“To me, it would be no different of a concern than Cate Blanchett, Keira Knightley need to have because they just do primarily period pieces,” she told the same group of journalists, according to Screen Rant. “I just feel like, just because I’ve done a film that is considered amongst the masses that like to categorize things as science fiction, then so be it, I guess. As an artist, I like working with filmmakers that… imagine the unimaginable… And then on the basis of being a woman, by playing an alien, I avoid playing someone’s girlfriend here on Earth.” 

“Guardians” will be released on Aug. 1 and Gunn said he’ll be on board if a sequel is greenlit, according to Hypable. In addition, the ensemble may be popping up alongside another team – Gunn told Entertainment Weekly that “we’re definitely connected to ‘Avengers 3.’” 

The difference between the two fighting groups? If the Avengers are a rock supergroup, “we’re the Sex Pistols,” Saldana told EW. “We’re the renegades.”

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